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[Taiwan Tourism Events]A NEW YEAR!

Date:2022-01-18 Number of Visitors:1287

Exciting Events and Happenings

Because of the ongoing pandemic, festivals and events might be cancelled or postponed; please check official websites for confirmation.

Song-jiang Battle Array in Neimen, Kaohsiung 高雄內門宋江陣
February ~ March / Kaohsiung City
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Not much of interest to tourists goes on in Kaohsiung's quiet rural district of Neimen for most of the year, but there is one exception, the annual Song-Jiang Battle Array event. This week-long festival, a mix of religious rituals and sports-like competition, brings together groups of young performers from around Taiwan, who converge on Neimen to show off their troupe-array martial-arts skills and compete against each other. The festival is a fantastic spectacle, packed with exciting and at times highly acrobatic performances that are accompanied by the sound of drums and other traditional instruments.

  • Song-jiang Battle Array Performance

    Song-jiang Battle Array Performance

  • Song-jiang Battle Array in Neimen

    Song-jiang Battle Array in Neimen

Taiwan Lantern Festival in Kaohsiung 台灣燈會在高雄
February 15 ~ February 28 / Kaohsiung City
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It's been 20 years since the last time the city of Kaohsiung hosted the Taiwan Lantern Festival, which alternates between different cities and counties each year. This year's venue will be split into two areas, the Love River (incl. the Kaohsiung Music Center) and the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying). This grand festival of colorful lights uses state-of-the-art technology to create displays on the ground, water, and sky and is expected to attract more than 12 million visitors.

  • Taiwan Lantern Festival

    Taiwan Lantern Festival

  • National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

    National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

Wuling Farm Sakura Season 武陵農場櫻花季
February 12~28 / Taichung city
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Wuling Farm, located in the northeastern corner of Taichung City at an elevation of 1,740~2,000 meters above sea level, is a popular high-mountain recreational farm. During the summer, many visitors come here to escape the stifling heat in the low-lying regions of the island, and in winter many are drawn by the wonderful tableaux of blooming cherry trees. The planting of cherry trees started in 1993, and now, almost 20 years later, there are more than 16,000 of them, dotting the hills in pastel hues of pink and crimson in January and February.

  • Wuling Farm Sakura Season

    Wuling Farm Sakura Season

  • Cherry Blossom Forest

    Cherry Blossom Forest

Bombing the Dragon in Miaoli 苗栗火旁龍系列活動
February 5~17 / Miaoli City
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The "bombing of the dragon" is one of the big events in Taiwan during the Lantern Festival period. It takes place in front of Yuqing Temple in Miaoli City, and is widely known as one of the most important celebrations by the local Hakka communities. The paper dragons used during the event are created before the Lunar New Year. On the 9th day of the new year they are "brought to life" in a grand "eye-opening" ceremony, during which visitors can walk under them to be blessed by their spirits. On the day of the festival the dragons are paraded to the temple square and elaborate dragon dancing begins with teams competing against each other. The teams then head out to perform in front of shops as firecrackers are set off, with shop owners hoping to receive blessings. On the 17th day the dragons are burned and sent to the heavens.

  • Bombing the Dragon in Miaoli

    Bombing the Dragon in Miaoli

  • Street Parade

    Street Parade

Baiming Festival in Matsu 馬祖擺暝文化祭
February 13 ~ March 1 / Lienchiang County (Matsu)
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During the winter months it can get quite cold on the islands of Matsu, located within sight of mainland China's Fujian coast. But there is one good excuse you can make for paying the islands a visit in February, the Baiming Festival. This islander version of the Lantern Festival is held throughout Taiwan two weeks after the Lunar New Year and is listed as one of Taiwan's 21 important folk customs. During the weeks-long event, the islanders make offerings to the deities and decorate their houses with elaborate lantern arrangements. Statues of local gods are carried through villages in sedan chairs with stops made along the way at temples. While the scale of the activities is much smaller than with some of the Lantern Festival events on Taiwan's mainland, the festival gives you an excellent taste of the local culture and beliefs, instilling warmth in your heart during the chilly winter weather.

  • Baiming Festival in Matsu

    Pingtung Wanjin Christmas Festival

  • Village Processions to Welcome the Gods

    Village Processions to Welcome the Gods

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